Feature: Young Libyans gather for IT event to share technology inspiration

2020-10-29 12:36:00 GMT2020-10-29 20:36:00(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

TRIPOLI, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- At the historic Royal Palace in the center of Libya's capital Tripoli, dozens of young enthusiasts of information technology were gathering to exchange ideas and seek inspiration for their projects.

Dubbed Elham, or inspiration in Arabic, the three-day event from Wednesday to Friday is aimed to raise awareness of the world's leading technology areas among young people through their participation in projects involving design of web, application, games and graphics as well as hardware engineering.

"The youth event presents ideas of digital technology pioneers for computers and the internet, targeting young people between 18 and 35 years old and seeking to create pioneers in the digital world and develop their passion," Muhammad Nasar, one of the organizers of Elham, told Xinhua.

"We hold our event in the Royal Palace for its historical significance. The future is linked to our history and identity," he said, noting the event was organized under precautions against COVID-19.

Funded by a commercial bank, the event is hosted by a number of organizations interested in the digital industry and internet companies.

Libya lacks such events, exhibitions and workshops concerning information technology, as the North African country has been plagued with political division and conflict.

Munir Ali, a web designer, believes that such events have a great impact on the amateurs' career and enable sharing of futuristic ideas about technology.

"We are trying to benefit from such workshops and events, in order to develop our skills and introduce new ideas," Ali told Xinhua.

Manal Abdullah, a participant in the event, said she has been working with other young people in online selling.

"Participation is important to gain knowledge and experience. Digital work linked to accelerated technology does not stop at a certain point," she noted.

"All public and private sectors should help young people by creating more similar work spaces to nurture and develop the ideas of those inspired by the digital area, the most promising and growing field in the world," Abdullah said. Enditem